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A quick glance at the main forthcoming events in the European Union including EU Council, Commission and Parliament meetings and other EU-related conferences and events.

Events for the week of 15-19 April 2019.

Monday 15 April, the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, France. Thee Agriculture and Fisheries Council meets in Luxembourg to discuss the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package. The Council will exchange views on the final report of the Task Force Rural Africa.

The task force was set up in April 2018 to provide recommendations on how to strengthen the African rural sector and how to enhance the role of the EU in creating jobs and fostering economic development. The Health Ministry, in the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, organizes the informal meeting of the Ministers of Health. The sessions will take place inside the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party (EPP) and Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament.


Tuesday 16 April the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organises the 7th Western Balkans civil society forum in Tirana, Albania. At the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, France, MEPs will vote on a new law making safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and emergency lane-keeping compulsory in new vehicles as from May 2022; rules laying down new, EU-wide standards to better protect whistle-blowers by creating safe channels for reporting on breaches of EU law and by establishing safeguards against retaliation will be put to the vote on Tuesday and MEPs will discuss ways to fight climate change with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg in a meeting of the Environment Committee open to all members.

EP President Antonio Tajani will meet with Thunberg and later, he will launch the#DigitalRespect4Her Campaign to combat online violence against women together with Commissioners Mariya Gabriel and Věra Jourová. Jean-Claude Juncker will address the Plenary of the European Parliament on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. And meet Guy Verhofstadt, Elmar Brok and Roberto Gualtieri, members of the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group.


Wednesday 17 April, the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, France, will vote on new measures to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, including a 10 000-strong standing corps that will support EU countries on the ground in border control. Parliament will also vote on updates to EU consumer protection rules, to tackle misleading rankings in online marketplaces and dual quality of products. MEPs will also discuss the flexible extension until 31 October 2019 of the UK’s EU membership. Latvian Prime Minister Krišjanis Karinš will debate with MEPs his vision of the future of the EU. President Jean-Claude Juncker will also participate in a debate on the future of Europe in the Plenary of the European Parliament with Prime Minister Kariņš.


Thursday 18 April, the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, France, MEPs are set to approve a provisional and partial deal with EU ministers on the ‘InvestEU’ initiative aiming to generate almost €700 billion in investments in order to boost jobs and growth. Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella will be in Malta to visit the EU Funded Major Project – Towards a Net Zero Impact Water Utility.

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